The charming Şemsi Pasha Mosque and its complex are located directly on the waterfront of Üsküdar. It was built in 1580 according to a draft by Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Şemsi Ahmet Pasha. It is the smallest construction in the career of the architect and is quite modest in size and decor.
Inside the complex is the türbe of the Vizier and a former medrese, which now serves as a public library. The mosque’s small rooms are decorated with beautiful stained-glass windows and suras from the Qur’an. The garden offers a sensational view of the Bosphorus and the European side.
The Şemsi Pasha Mosque is also called “Kuşkonmaz Camii”. Surprisingly, no birds actually land here. It is believed that the wind or waves within the mosque complex cause vibrations that are disturbing to birds and that they therefore do not want to approach the mosque walls.